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That Strange Shell

That Strange Shell
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Copyright: Mehmet Atatur (matatur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A study in Conchology (seashells) 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-08 13:29
Viewed: 6109
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today, I would like to demonstrate one of the most unorthodox gastropod shells found within the rocky, sandy, muddy substrates of the Mediterranean-Aegean infralittoral regions, the Giant Worm Shell, Vermetus gigas, shown from its dorsal or apical side. I had already posted its lateral views in the past.
In a relatively early developmental stage this mollusc forms a more or less "coherent" shell in a discernible down-winding spiral, but later this feature progressively degenerates, so the latter parts of the shell develop into an irregular, elongated tubular shape. During the same period, the shell usually becomes attached to some rocks or shells in the substratum, then the mollusc leads a sedentary life style, the opening (aperture) of the shell just outside the substratum, pointing upward into the water. The animal is a mucociliary feeder, i.e., the pedal gland of the highly degenerated foot forms a mucus web in the water just above the bottom, trapping microscopic creatures and detritic matter, periodically this material is drawn into the mouth. The shell has a characteristic longitudinal slit (partly visible here) which serves in respiration and excretion of the live animal.
The 10 cm long specimen was collected while snorkelling from a sandy-muddy bottom 8 meters deep offshore of Eski Foca, Izmir. A diffused photospot with a contra placed white cardboard passive reflector was used for photography, the specimen was placed over a black BG.

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hocam merhaba
epey bir aradan sonra harika kavkı serinizden bir kare daha görmek ne güzel. sanırım bu da önceden iki karesini gördüğümüz Vermetus gigas - Dev Denizsalyangozu'na ait. ilginç ama bir o kadar da harika mimariye sahip. ustalığınızla çekilmiş harika bir kare. renkler, keskinlik, açı ve kadraj gibi ışık ve fon da fevkalade güzel olmuş. elinize, emeğinize sağlık.
saygı ve selamlarımla, iyi geceler.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-08 13:38]

Hello Mehmet,
What a superb macro of this beautiful small shell,wonderfull way to show, with the black backgrund,excellent sharpness and colours, wonderful details, very well done, Excellent composition.Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Mehmet,
what a wonderful close up of this shell, POV, sharpness and colours are excellent, i like the outstanding composition with the black BG, very well done.
Best regards

Hi Atatür, so this Giant worm gastropod is edible too? Very good photo of this interesting mollusc. You show its details very clearly and sharply too. It is a good composition, thank you. Well done.

Mehmet Hocam,
Hem çok harika bir kare hemde çok ilginç bir tür.
ellerinize sağlık...

Hello Mehmet,
When I saw this photo I thought it must be a shell with some kind of strange deformity,so I was amazed to read that this is normal.
Unorthodox is certainly a good word to describe it.
A very good capture and an interesting post.
Thanks for sharing.

A stupendous formation, indeed, Mehmet.
One end of the shell is so very finely shaped; the other end, on the contrary, looks just functional. Nature has super intelligence too that can distinguish between aesthetics and practicality at the same time.
Your note has explained the formation briefly but effectively.
As usual, this is a professional job that presents the shell clearly and beautifully.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Mehmet,
What a superb macro of this beautiful small shell,wonderfull way to show, with the black backgrund,excellent sharpness and colours, wonderful details,
Well done..

Hi Mehmet,
A nice capture of this beautiful giant worm shell. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

thanks for this very special presentation , greetings Ori

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-09 2:44]

Merhaba Mehmet Bey,
Çok ilginç bir kavk.Her zamanki kalite ve ustalıkla görüntülemişsiniz.Işık,kontrast kadraj mükemmel.Sanat eseri gibi duruyor.
Selamlar,iyi haftalar.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-09 9:08]

Hi Mehmet.
It's really strange and at the same time wonderful shell. I have never seen anything similar. You have supplemented this nice image with great note, which is very interesting too. All is perfect as usual. You have represented it with great skill. Well done and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-09 10:16]

Hello Mehmet, nice interesting shot and what a lovely shape. Welldone Ganesh

Hi Mehmet,

another very fine picture of an shell.
These shell have I never been seen before.
Good of details and beautiful colours and good notes as usual.


Merhaba Mehmet, fantastic shell, I never see before, thanks, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, great light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-10 0:58]

Merhaba Mehmet bey, siyah fon önünde yine çok güzel bir fotoğraf, ellerinize sağlık.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-10 15:27]

Hi Mehmet,very very strange,i never seen nothing like that,today your work is most interesting....thanks for share,Luciano

Awesome species! Is this considered a fossil? Splendid focus and lighting on this photo Mehmet! Well done!

hello mehmet,
your series is special, this shell really looks interesting, the black bg compliments well, liked the pov and the composition too,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-13 9:06]
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What a fantastic work you are doing, Mehmet, and what a fantastic legacy to TN. I don't comment often on your pictures but sure appreciate each one of them and regularly come and visit your gallery. It is a place of learning and enjoyment. This specimen here is fantastic and amazes me. thanks for your time and passion, there is so much to learn from all those pictures.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-13 9:23]

Merhaba Mehmet,
I was hoping that one day you would post an image of a worm shell and that you show V. gigas is great. This is a perfect illustration of this species taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and lighting, the supra substratal area being clearly discernable.
Thanks for sharing this one MF and have a great weekend.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-03-13 13:24]
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merhaba hocam
siteden kopsak da sizin güzel çalışmalarınızı izlemeden-yazmadan geçmek olmaz...
fonu, açısı, aydınlatması ve netliği nefis bir yakın çekim
elinize sağlık

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-03-13 20:32]

Merhaba Mehmet-

Such bizarreness you have captured this time. And the non-zoologists among us might have thought that shell-forming mollusca were always neat and orderly and predictable in their construction, like your recent nautilus. What an interesting exception you've given us to scuttle that misconception. Thanks.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-14 10:32]

Hola Sr. Mehmet.
Excellent macro of this Gigant Worm Shell. and as usual in Your Pro work with a fine details and very interesting note.
Thanks for Your critiques in my last post.

Hola Mehmet,
Excelente macro con gran nitidez donde se aprecian muy bien los detalles, destacando sobre el fondo, buena nota informativa, saludos
Jósé Ramón

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-03-20 15:32]

Mehemet hocam enfes bir görünüm olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

Merhaba Mehmet,
bizarre mollusc, presented in an outstandingly clear and precise way, coming with perfectly explaining scientific notes notes. Excellent contribution. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-09 3:09]

Mehmet bey selamlar,
Çok Güzel Bir,Sanat Eseri olmuş...
Kadraj ve ışık kullanmıyla mükemmelgüzellikte.
Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-04-17 13:02]

Fascinating...life really does take some strange forms doesn't it? As always, comprehensive and interesting notes...not to mention the shot iteslf, with fine detail and excellent exposure as always.

Hi Mehmet,

The shell is really strange indeed. Fine framing showing us all the details. Thanks for sharing this complemented by useful notes.


Merhaba Mehmet bey,
Although I myself am very weak in shells, I see this one hasvery strange form. Beautiful textures as on all Your pics. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards from Hungary, László

Wow, Mehmet, I never saw something like this before, it's impressive and wonderful.
In the preview it looked like a part of a violin.
Thanks, I like it so much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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